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BREAKING: 17 dead, scores injured in train derailment in eastern Taiwan

2018-10-21
  • Derailed train

    Derailed train

    Some 17 passengers were killed and scores more injured when Puyuma Express train #6432 derailed in Yilan County, eastern Taiwan on Sunday afternoon. (CNA photo)

At least 17 people are dead and scores of others injured following a train derailment in eastern Taiwan.

 

Puyuma Express #6432 was traveling through the northeastern Yilan County when the accident occured at about 4:50pm near Hsinma Train Station. Five of the eight cars on the train derailed, some ending up more than 30 meters from the tracks.

 

Passengers on the train report hearing a loud noise, saying that the cars derailed and tipped over after the train rounded a bend. They say the cars slid for more than 80 meters, sending up a spray of sparks before coming to a stop.

 

Taiwan’s rail authority immediately set up an emergency team to handle the rescue efforts. President Tsai Ing-wen has also ordered relevant authorities to spare no effort in dealing with the aftermath.